North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) recently announced that longtime Marblehead resident Arthur J. Epstein has committed a gift of $5 million to NSMC in support of the Medical Center’s plan to build a new behavioral health center at its Salem campus. The gift is the single largest donation in the 144-year history of the hospital.

NSMC will name the new center, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, in Epstein’s honor. “North Shore Medical Center is deeply grateful for Arthur Epstein’s extraordinary support,” said NSMC president David Roberts, M.D. “There is increasing demand for behavioral health services across the country and throughout local communities here on the North Shore. Arthur’s generosity will enable NSMC to build a state-of-the-art facility to provide much needed care to the children, adults and seniors of this region.”

Last fall, NSMC broke ground on a $207 million project to consolidate hospital-based medical, surgical, behavioral health and emergency care on one campus in Salem. As part of this project, NSMC is converting the former Spaulding Hospital North Shore into a 90-bed facility dedicated to behavioral health. The facility will be aligned with Massachusetts General Hospital and add 24 new beds to the region for psychiatry and behavioral health care. It will integrate addiction treatment with inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, mental health services and further development of community-based programs.

To learn more, visit the North Shore Medial Center's website.